KUALA LUMPUR: The next review for minimum wages will be carried out in 2018, the Dewan Rakyat was told today.
Deputy Human Resources Minister Datuk Ismail Abd Muttalib said the National Wages Council (MGPA) would carry out a study on the minimum wages in accordance with the National Wages Consultative Council Act 2011 (Act 732).
“The review will put into consideration various aspects including cost of living, unemployment rate and the employers’ capabilities. The new minimum wages of RM1,000 for Peninsular Malaysia (from RM900) and RM920 for Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan (from RM800) will come into force starting July 1,” he said in reply to a question by Su Keong Siong (DAP-Ipoh Timur) earlier.
Ismail told employers to abide by the minimum wages policy or face being fined under the Act. He said as of Dec 31 last year, a total of 1,172 out of over 81,000 employers were slapped with compliance notices.
An employer could be fined RM10,000 for the first offence and RM1,000 daily for the second offence for each employee under the Act.